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Cross-party Parliamentary Taskforce: Evidence Gathering

The Taskforce has carried out an extensive evidence-gathering exercise. Thousands of kinship carers and the children they are raising have shared their experiences with us, as have legal and social work practitioners, local and national decision makers and organisations working with kinship care families.

This evidence is summarised in the Taskforce report and has informed the Taskforce’s vision and recommendations launched on 30 September 2020.

Regional kinship carer consultation events

Between January and September 2019 Family Rights Group coordinated a series of ten Taskforce meetings across England and Wales, on behalf of the Taskforce. Each event was held by a different organisation in the Kinship Care Alliance and where Parliamentary business permitted, chaired by an MP:

  • Birmingham Children’s Trust – Midlands
  • Coram BAAF – South East of England
  • Family Rights Group – South West England
  • Kinship – London and North East England
  • Kinship Carers Liverpool – North West of England
  • Leeds City Council – Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Taunton Kinship Care Support Group – Somerset
  • Children in Wales – South Wales
  • Y Bont – North Wales

In addition, a number of local kinship groups held special Parliamentary Taskforce discussion sessions and invited their local MPs to attend. Notes from the discussion sessions were forwarded to the Taskforce as part of the evidence-gathering.

Kinship carer surveys

In 2020 Family Rights Group on behalf of the Taskforce conducted a survey of kinship carers’ experiences during the Pandemic. The survey’s findings can be read here.

In 2019 Family Rights Group carried out an extensive survey of kinship carers. 845 kinship carers raising at least 1252 kinship children filled in the survey.

The survey report – ‘The highs and lows of kinship care: analysis of a comprehensive survey of kinship carers 2019’  was published in September 2019. Analysis of the survey has been presented to the Taskforce and has informed the Taskforce’s recommendations.

Written evidence submissions

Freedom of Information request to local authorities

The Taskforce sent a Freedom of Information request in February 2019 to all English local authorities. The responses have been analysed and the results incorporated in the Taskforce’s report.

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